Category: Climate Change

This Group Trains Women to Run for Office and Fight Climate Change

If you’re unhappy about the current political climate, it might be time to consider running for office. One advocacy group is encouraging women to do just that – to take politics and decision-making into their own hands. Run to Win empowers women to participate in politics Led by EMILY’S List, Run to Win trains women how to run for office — and most importantly, how to win. “We are not just a training program,” Director of Strategic Communications at EMILY’s List, Vanessa Cardenas, told Lady Freethinker, “in addition to the nuts and bolts on how to run a campaign,...

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Damaged Great Barrier Reef has ‘Zero Prospect of Recovery’

For the first time on record, the Great Barrier Reef has suffered two consecutive years of mass coral bleaching. These events decimate the chance for long-term recovery, according to experts. In 2016, scientists recorded the largest coral die-off at the Great Barrier Reef on record. They found that 80% of coral in the northern portion of the reef had been severely bleached, and overall over one-fifth of the reef was dead. This year the reef suffered another mass bleaching event. “It takes at least a decade for a full recovery of even the fastest growing corals, so mass bleaching events...

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Rotating Homes Are Taking Solar Power To The Next Level

Solar power’s sustainability is a gift from nature. It’s clean, and harnesses energy at no cost once the panels are installed. How can solar power be improved? By equipping houses to rotate and follow the sun, thus collecting energy all day long. A Portuguese company called Casas em Movimento (Houses in Motion) has designed rotating solar-powered houses that follow the sun. The rotation concept was inspired by the way sunflowers move with the sun from east to west during daylight, and back to the east overnight. Manuel Vieira Lopes is the founder of Casas em Movimento; his ultimate vision is of...

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Woman Runs Equivalent of 40 Marathons Across 6 Continents to Raise Awareness about Global Water Crisis

One Australian woman is making big strides for water awareness. She plans to traverse the globe, running the equivalent of 40 marathons in 40 days to draw attention to the global water crisis. Global Water Crisis? Despite the severity of the situation, few people are aware of how difficult access to clean water is becoming, and even fewer people are doing anything about it. That’s why Mina Guli decided to step up and take on the challenge of raising awareness. To send her message home, she will run a total of 1,048 miles along six major waterways on six continents. “Clean...

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Report: Climate Change Poised to Deprive the Poor of Clean Water

To mark World Water Day on March 22, WaterAid released its State of the World’s Water report, warning that because of climate change, the world’s poorest communities will face an even tougher struggle for access to clean water. Countries ranking highest in population without access to clean water also rank high in vulnerability to climate change and low in their ability to adapt to it. “Extreme weather events resulting from climate change can mean more storm surges, flooding, droughts and contaminated water sources. They can wipe out fragile infrastructure, dry up rivers, ponds and springs, and contribute to the spread of waterborne diseases making an already difficult...

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Good News for the Planet: Solar is set to Triple in the Next 5 Years in the U.S.

Even though the president and his cabinet deny climate change and have given the cold shoulder to renewable energies, that doesn’t mean the rest of us have. In fact, solar power is booming in the U.S., and it looks like that trend won’t be stopping anytime soon. During 2016, the annual U.S. solar photovoltaic (PV) system installations nearly doubled, according to the U.S. Solar Market Insight 2016 Year-in-Review report. Not only that, representing 39 percent of electricity generating capacity, solar power was the largest new source of energy in 2016, even surpassing natural gas and wind power. “It would...

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Study Finds Fracking Caused 6,600 Oil Spills in Only Four States

Fracking is causing more toxic, chemical-laden water to spill into our earth than previously estimated by the EPA, a new study found. The study, which was conducted from 2004-2015 by researchers from Duke University, looked at the frequency and size of oil and gas spills in four states—Colorado, New Mexico, North Dakota and Pennsylvania—and found that fracking caused 6,647 spills in 10 years. The researchers created an interactive map to plot the spills. North Dakota had the most spills (4,453 incidents), followed by Pennsylvania (1,293 incidents), Colorado (475 incidents), and New Mexico (426 incidents). “Given the rapid recent development of...

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How A San Francisco Biologist Saved a Butterfly Species in His Own Backyard

Though not yet extinct, Northern California’s native Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly was a rare find and had all but vanished from San Francisco. Tim Wong, known as the “Butterfly Whisperer,” has single-handedly repopulated the species. As a volunteer at the San Francisco Botanical Garden, Wong was able to get a few clippings of the rare California Pipevine, which will sometimes fly to death to find the delicate vine where it lays its eggs. Wong gathered up caterpillars and built a screen-sheltered ecosystem in his backyard. The caterpillars survive by eating this same host plant. Once the caterpillar pupates, a chrysalis forms. At...

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